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Virus

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Monday 7th to Sunday 13th January

The annoying cough continued.

Chocolate is BETTER than cough syrup ๐Ÿซ

I would have thought that I eat enough chocolate to cure it but obviously not!

On Friday morning I had a bit of a job to wake up when my alarm went off. I didn’t feel very well at all. When I got to work everyone I saw seemed to be telling me how awful I looked and how pale I looked! Not the best thing to hear ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ But I really did feel quite unwell ๐Ÿค’

And so that was my weekend too unfortunately. Spent feeling ill.

The only way I can describe it was that it felt kind of like flu (but not the flu that some people say when they have a bad cold). My head hurt, I had this cough, at times I felt a bit nauseous, I felt like someone had injected something into my veins and I could feel it slowly moving round my body making it feel very heavy deep inside, my body just did not want to move.

I guess it was just some strange virus. Horrible though โ˜น๏ธ

There was one thing that I did enjoy, it was just sitting and watching the Sunday afternoon football, Tottenham 0 – Manchester United 1 โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€

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Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th January

I spent the first few days of 2019 just wanting to sleep! ๐Ÿ˜ด Obviously a bit difficult to do while I was at work, but when I did sit down I seemed to keep having a little unexpected nap on the sofa in the evenings and then wake up and go to bed!

And then I got a cough and just didn’t feel quite 100%

Nothing that I should be complaining about really though.

Because as at 3rd January, 6,096 people in the United Kingdom were waiting for a suitable organ to become available.

About this time 4 years ago I was one of those numbers on that list.

I was one of those people feeling SO very ill.

I think this pic of me sums up very well just how bad I was feeling ๐Ÿ˜

Goodness me, when I think back to how I was ๐Ÿ˜ซ

I have been so very lucky.

And all thanks to two very special people ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’™ who both wanted to be an organ donor, and also their families for agreeing to carry out their wishes.

Because of them I am still able to spend time with (and annoy!) my family and on Sunday afternoon we went for a nice walk in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. We spent a few minutes watching the ducks ๐Ÿฆ†!

It’s so nice to just enjoy the simple things when you can ๐Ÿ™‚

2019

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Happy New Year ๐Ÿพ (as usual I’m late ๐Ÿคฏ but – better late than never!)

It’s 2019 – wow ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

I wish you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck and 31536000 seconds of happiness.

December

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Saturday 1st to Monday 31st December

Hello! I’m back! I survived the dreaded month of December, well just about ๐Ÿ˜–

Christmas just seems to take over my life, which I’m not really happy about.

So many shopping trips wondering what on earth to buy people, sometimes being more successful than others. The endless wrapping of presents, sorting my junk out and tidying up a bit for visitors, trying to work out what food and drink we need to buy! All while working in an already busy supermarket, which just turns into a chaotic and extremely busy supermarket at this time of year. And also while feeling pretty rubbish thanks to the delightful Shingles related virus that I seem to be living with pretty much constantly at the minute โ˜น๏ธ

As if that wasn’t enough to cope with, it seems that this December also decided to throw some extra things my way.

The ‘ceiling’ of our very old microwave was starting to flake off into the food when it was being used. I didn’t realise there were so many decisions to make when choosing a new one, I finally made my mind up and picked a new one and bought it on the first weekend of the month.

On the morning of the following Tuesday, the kettle suddenly decided to just stop working. So after work and before going home that day I popped into the local department store and bought us a new one, half price in their sale ๐Ÿ‘

Then when I was out for my Thursday evening walk, I got a message saying that nothing in the fridge was cold and that the whole freezer had defrosted. The light was still coming on when we opened the door and it was still making the ‘running’ noise as usual, so there was no sign of anything being wrong with it. So a nice clearing up job for me and then a sudden realisation that if I didn’t get myself around to buying a new one soon then we probably wouldn’t get it delivered in time for Christmas. So the following week there was an extra trip to the shops after work one day, which I really could have done without. Then of course there wasn’t much choice of the delivery slots so I had to arrange to go into work later one day and then obviously stay later to make up my time ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Anyway, it was good to have a nice new working fridge/freezer again and to be guaranteed that you could have milk in your tea first thing in the morning, it hadn’t suddenly gone off from not being kept cold enough.

Surely that would be it now?

Sadly no. The very next evening after the fridge was delivered, at 10.15pm, the washing machine decided that it couldn’t finish the programme it was doing properly and left a whole load of water in the machine. I asked Leah to help me investigate the problem so instead of being able to relax in bed ready for work the next day, she was scooping all the water out from the machine! According to the instruction leaflet it looked like the filter could be blocked. But each time we tried to open the filter compartment water still came flooding out all over the floor (we had lots of soggy towels from mopping it up) so we just did it back up quickly, not knowing how much would come out or if it would ever stop! Not what we wanted to be doing at that time in the evening. After asking Gary what to do the next day, it turned out that we had no other choice but to just let that water out to clear the blockage (more soggy towels) and then the filter could come out and be cleaned. It seems to be working again for the moment but Robyn did mention the other day that there still seems to be a bit of a leak …

Then Christmas arrived, which brings its own problems!, but we did have some nice fun times and I was very spoilt as always with my presents ๐ŸŽ

And then it was the end of the year.

Goodbye December ๐Ÿ‘‹ You have been tough! I have been stressed and just completely exhausted all the way through ๐Ÿ˜ด

10 years ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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Saturday 24th to Friday 30th November

Went to a birthday party on Saturday night, which was followed by feeling unwell on Sunday ๐Ÿคข Unusually for me I did have a couple of glasses of wine, was this enough to be giving me a hangover?!

But then I didn’t feel very well at all for the whole week. I noticed that my Shingles related virus was back, I don’t usually feel quite this bad with that though ๐Ÿค”

I felt horrendous while at work on Tuesday. I just wanted to go home but it was SO busy, extra chaotic because a banking system was down somewhere and many card payments weren’t working. This always causes a nightmare as so many people don’t carry cash with them now, and just to add to everything we were also short staffed. I think one of the things that was helping me to keep going was knowing that I had the following day off, thank goodness.

On an evening walk we called in to visit the Christmas Tree Festival in our town. All kinds of local businesses and organisations had decorated their own trees using many different ideas. Pretty ๐ŸŽ„

I left my message on the Lawrence Home Nursing tree ๐Ÿ˜โ˜น๏ธ

Back at work on Friday, I got presented with this.

10 years of working in the Co-op! Goodness me, who would have thought that would happen ๐Ÿ˜ฑ How things have changed in that time. I started off working in the little savings bank office which was tucked in the corner of the shop. Then I asked if I could be moved to the checkouts as it was a bit isolating being stuck in there. I can remember the terrible struggles I had as my illness started to get much worse and my regular customers used to tell me how dreadful I was looking! Then my doctor told me I had to stop work and we all know what happened next … When I went back after my transplants, which was a year later, the shop had been extended and given a very big makeover. A very different place to work in, new staff and many more of them. It took some time getting used to it, well I still don’t think I have really! I still miss the old little store.

On Friday evening we went to the Christmas Lights Trailย at Blenheim Palace.

And Jamie proposed to Emma ๐Ÿ’

Barmaid

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Monday 12th to Friday 23rd November

Feeling a bit better physically during this time ๐Ÿ˜€ but mentally still ๐Ÿคฏ!

I still fit walks in wherever I can. They are some of my fun times.

Otherwise I’ve just been trying to do a bit of extra sorting out and tidying away in readiness for the dreaded Christmas time which is fast approaching. I even cleaned some windows ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

On Saturday night I had a little extra job to do, I served the drinks behind a little bar at a party in a marquee, that was fun ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿท๐Ÿพ

I’ve had my blood tested again to check out the anaemia, don’t know the results yet … And then the nurse gave me my flu jab.

Have a read of thisย story of an organ donor chain.

Donating organs is an amazing gift and changes peopleโ€™s lives.

If you or someone you know still needs convincing, then maybe have a read ofย Myth busting.

Poppy day

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Monday 5th to Sunday 11th November

Still tough going to work this week. Just didn’t feel well. Head aching, body aching and feeling ๐Ÿคฎ I thought it was going to turn out to be the Shingles related virus that I get but it didn’t seem to in the end. Some different kind of virus I guess ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

So I told you that last Saturday I went for a walk in the grounds of Blenheim Palace to look at the lake which has been drained a little recently and they’ve found some rooms in the bridge. On my way to volunteering this week an older lady came and sat by me on the bus. We were sat waiting in traffic for quite a while so we got chatting. She started to tell me about her husband that she was going to visit in hospital and all kinds of other things! Then we somehow got onto the subject of Blenheim Palace and she told me about how, many years ago, she used to play with her friends down by that bridge and went in some of those ‘hidden rooms’ that I told you about. So I showed her some of the photos that I had taken on my phone. She enjoyed seeing them ๐Ÿ™‚

November 11th, of course there was a walk to the town in the morning to watch theย Remembrance Day parade.

Mince pies ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Sunday 4th November

I DO NOT enjoy Christmas but I DO enjoy eating mince pies! And today, yes at the beginning of November, I had my first one.

You know how I like football โšฝ๏ธ …

Thank you to the former footballer who saved five lives. Sadly too young, but thankfully he joined the Organ Donor Register when he got a driving license. His father said “It took a responsibility off our shoulders. The decision had been made.โ€

And this is a very interesting interview with former Manchester United playerย Andy Cole.

I agree with what he says, it is tough being ill, it is tough having a transplant and it is tough ongoing, both physically and emotionally.

But for anyone out there who has any doubts about the whole process, I still would definitely recommend going through it all ๐Ÿ‘

Thank you to my two donors and their families ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’™

So if you havenโ€™t already, why not sign up today to theย NHS Organ Donor Register and then tell your family of your wishes. As you can see in the above story, it does make things so much easier if the difficult situation arises.